Tag Archives: Homeless

National Disgrace

The housing charity Shelter reports that at least 320,000 people are recorded as homeless in the UK.

This shocking figure is a greater number of people than the population of cities like Nottingham, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Sunderland, Southampton or Norwich.

Shelter reports that this is a 4% increase on the homeless figures for last year; a rise of 13,000 people., or 36 new people becoming homeless every single day.

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Providing for the Poor and Needy

Catholic Philadelphia Outreach

Meet Catholic Philadelphia Outreach!

This has got to be one of the most inspiring efforts to help the poor and needy, whilst practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, that we have come across.

Please visit their Facebook page and read, be inspired, learn, copy, act.

To quote them:

“Because Poor Kids & Moms Need Warm Meals………. Catholic Tradition Brings Back Charity!”

Catholic Philadelphia Outreach sign

Ten Years of The Catholic Volunteer Movement

Canterbury CVM Soup Kitchen 2

The first ever CVM soup kitchen was held on the feast of the Annunciation 2006 in Canterbury and they have continued on a regular basis ever since. We have seen and fed and helped clothe countless guests, probably over a thousand. Some have died in that time. We have taken some on holiday; visited others in hospital; we have helped those who have found accommodation furnish their properties; we have taken some into our homes and many other actions long forgotten by us but well remembered by them. We hope and pray that these little works of mercy done for the love of God will have a lasting impact on them and so open their hearts to Him.

We wish to assure you that the regular soup kitchens, now held twice a month (generally the second and fourth Saturdays) will continue and we earnestly continue to seek your prayers and support for these because we are getting busier and busier and recently fed 35 guests.

Regrettably, because we get so little help from fellow Catholics, we have to depend on non-Catholics to run the soup kitchen.

The CVM blog is back up and running with updates which we think will interest our friends and supporters — https://thecvm.wordpress.com/

We would like to thank all our friends and supporters over the last ten years and ask for continuing support over the next ten years.

The CVM

Canterbury CVM Soup Kitchen 3

The New and Unexpected Breed of Homeless

The Catholic Volunteer Movement write that:

“As we celebrate the Septuagesima Sunday our thoughts inevitably turn to the penitential season. What better time therefore to remind ourselves of the Works of Mercy –

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To harbour the harbourless;
  • To visit the sick;
  • To ransom the captive;
  • To bury the dead.

We should think and pray hard about which of these we can do, most especially during Lent”.

Juventutem Hexham and Newcastle in Durham are regularly out on the streets of Middlesbrough serving the homeless, and St Joseph’s Catholic Helpers for the Poor serve the homeless in Winchester. They write in their latest emailed appeal:

“If most able body parishioners attended just one soup run this year, I would have a surplus of helping hands. Remember many hands make light work and every pair of hands certainly makes my load lighter and continues our mission of bringing Christ to our guests”.

What can you do to bring Christ to our neighbour??

CVM Soup Kitchen Fr. Webber